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RHTM Advisory Board

Advisory Board members are dedicated industry partners here to help students excel to the highest level in their expertise area. The board members work to enhance the quality of the department by expanding educational opportunities, dedicating time and energy to provide feedback as well as financial support to our students, and by contributing different ideas and strategies to our students and department each year. Each board member devotes personal time and provides talent and monetary commitment at an appropriate level based on their capabilities.


Advisory Board Members:


Martha Axford


ABC Design and Consulting

Sean Brobson

Store & Space Planning

Tractor Supply Company

Donna Buchanan

Regional Vice President

Macy’s Cleveland District Offices

Donna Burns

Chief Service Officer

Jewelry Television

Sharon Carpenter

National Sales Manager

Ariat International, Inc.

Marilyn Caruso

Customs Operations Manager

Sears Holdings Corporation


Destination by Direction, Inc.

Paula Clancy


Nouveau Classics

Mike Connor


Connor Concepts

Jed Dance


Bacon and Company

Tom Degges

Store Team Leader


Stan Eichelbaum


Marketing Development, Inc.

Jim Fein

Director, Event Planning & Operations

New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center

Robert Gibbs


Conferences-Continuing Education, University of Tennessee

Horace Hamilton

Vice President of Merchandising, Retired


Janis Holifield

Customer Service Research

Talbot’s Call Center

Ron Houser

Market Partner

Texas Roadhouse

Deana Ivey

Nashville Convention & Visitor’s Corp.

Fred Jacob


The Pink Bride

Warren Jahn

Director, Revenue Systems Training/Learning & Delivery

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

John Jankowich

Senior Buyer

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.

Brian Keyes

Vice President

Connor Concepts

Laurie King

Vice President of Operations, Nashville Division of Kroger


Ken Knight

General Manager

Crowne Plaza

Brian Lee

General Manager

Blackberry Farm

Heath Lowe

Store Manager


Steve May

Director of Lynchburg Homeplace

Jack Daniel Distillery

Scott Pejsa

Regional Vice President, Operations

McKibbon Hotel Management

Max Piet

Senior Vice President, Operations

The Meatball Shop

Elizabeth Rafferty

Career Cluster Consultant

TN Department of Education

Mark Romano

Regional Vice President

Pilot Travel Centers

Timothy Romero

Regional Vice President

Enterprise Holdings East Tennessee Regional Office

David Rookstool

Sales Manager

Dr. Pepper Bottling

Brent Scarbro

General Manager

Le Meridien Tampa

April Seggebruch

EVP Operations & Finance


Craig Shields

Vice President, eCommerce

Jewelry Television

Boyce Smith



Charles Starks

Executive Director

Nashville Convention Center

Janice Taylor


Mind Heart Wisdom Group

Karl Thomas

Owner, Greater Tennessee

Pinpoint HD Media

Jill Thompson

Executive Director

Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association

Dennis Tumlin

Executive Director

Rhea Economic & Tourism Council, Inc.

Susan Whitaker


TN Department of Tourist Development

Blaine Wilcox

Store Manager

Belk Department Store

Casey Williams

Store Manager